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Tourism, Handicraft, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 14, 2009

KAAC bid to modernise handloom sector

KAAC bid
to modernise handloom sector
From Kamal Kr Brahma
 howraghat, Feb 2 – Under the initiative of Kuntila Ronghangpi, executive
member, Handloom and Textile Department, KAAC, steps are being taken to bring in
change and modern methods for removing the old traditional practice of weaving
handloom and textile of tribal people.

Elephant Festival from
April 18

BOKAKHAT, Feb 19: The Kaziranga Elephant Festival which was
to be held from February 27 has been re-scheduled on April 18, sources added.
Sources said that the Government didnot seek any cooperation from the public and
the journalists like the previous year.


lures with new tourist sites(TEL_26_2_K8)

18 spots
to be developed in Lower Assam promise something for all

Guwahati, Feb. 25: Backpackers, Assam beckons you — to new and
exotic destinations beyond the known adventures and romances with nature and
ruins.  Besides age-old attractions like Kaziranga National Park and the Ahom-age
ruins in Sivasagar district, vacationers can now choose from 18 new destinations
across the state being developed by Dispur with help from Delhi. The tourism
circuit, linking 18 places in Lower Assam, promises something for everybody —
nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, ornithologists, pilgrims and
sightseers.“The proposed circuit will be developed with Dhubri as the core and
cover tourism destinations in nearby Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Barpeta and Nalbari
districts. We hope that the new circuit will be a hit as it has all the
ingredients tourists look for,” said Shantanu Thakur, the managing director of
Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC), which will develop the circuit
over 24 months. Work will start on the project in the next couple of months.
Thakur said Delhi had already given its approval to the project, which is
estimated to cost nearly Rs 4.97 crore.

Fabric tie and dye training camp inaugurated
From our correspondent
Biswanath Chariali, Feb 8: A 45-day skill development training on fabric tie and
dye was recently conducted by Gramin agency for rural income generation and
management with partial financial assistance from Small Industries Development
Board of India (SIDBI). The programme was inaugurated by Khiraprava Baruah,
newly elected president of Goregagi gaon panchayat.

British artist
Bruce Allan on a trip down childhood lane

An art exhibition
to recreate a past tea era

JORHAT, Feb 16: British artist Bruce Allan carried an arrow — which was
made during his childhood at Dhoolie Tea Estate near Titabor — to England when
he left India in 1960. The “time’s arrow dipped in paint” has returned to his
place of birth after long 47 years. Allan is on a trip here to rediscover the
memories of the people he grew up with in the early 1950s.

Training programme
held(SEX, 10-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 9: The one month long programme of design and skill
upgradation from December 27 last to February 9 organised by Creations society
for Handicrafts and Goodwill under the sponsorship of North east Development
Finance Corporation Ltd. at Pungdongbam Imphal had concluded today. The closing
ceremony was marked with the chair- manship of branch manager NEDFi Imphal
Thangjamang Lhouvum who distributed certificates and stipends to the
participants of the programme in the presence of Khomei Meetei, a State awardee.


Leela fest kicks off with festive mood(SEX, 11-2-08)
 IMPHAL, Feb 10: Along with participation by 11 male and 11 female
groups, the 36th edition of All Manipur Shumang Leela Festival, 2008 has begun
from today at the Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound here today.
The festival is being organised by Manipur State Kala Akademi.

Tourism fest weds
with Sports (SEX, 11-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 10: The Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA)
has geared up to add a special zing to the Manipur Tourism Festival 2008
scheduled to be celebrated from March 12 to 16 at Mapal Kangjeibung, Imphal.  As
a part of the Tourism Festival, the MMTA is organising several adventure sports
and eco-tourism events.
Briefing media persons here today, MMTA secretary Dr L Surjit informed that a
caving expedition to Tharon Cave, Tamenglong district will be flagged from
Imphal on the opening day of the festival.

 Traditional catch
after 40-year hiatus(TEL_11_2_K8)

of 13 hamlets in Tirap district gather at Teesa river for a four-day angling


Naitong (Tirap), Feb. 10: Rows of dimly-lit huts dotted the
riverside, smoke billowed from firesides and the air smelt of smoked fish. It
was an ambience straight out of a cowboy flick. But there were no guns here —
only hook, line and sinker. About 5,000 villagers from 13 villages of Kanubari
assembled on the bank of the Teesa, deep in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh,
last week for a four-day fishing festival of the Wancho tribe. The “king” of
each hamlet presided over the event, revived after a 40-year hiatus. For the
past four decades, the kings were at “war” — not armed battles but differences
of opinion — which stood in the way of holding the fishing fest.

Seminar dissects eco-tourism hope
A two-day UGC-sponsored national seminar on Sustainable Growth of
Eco-tourism in Northeast with Special Reference to Tezpur was held on February
8-9 at Darrang College. The inaugural function was held under the presidentship
of J. Hazarika, principal of Darrang College. Gracing the occasion were L.
Goswami, president of the governing body, and K.L. Goswami, deputy commissioner
of Sonitpur, as chief guests.


efforts to promote tourism lauded
MUSHALPUR, Feb 2 – With a view to analysing the prospects and challenges
of tourism development around Chowki Pagladiya Eco Tourism Centre, a
reader-journalist meet was held at the camp premises of Manas Sousi Khongkhor
Eco Tourism Society (MSKETS) under Pratiddhani NGO at Uttarkuchi in Baksa
district recently. …more..

NE handloom fair(AST_12_2_K8)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 11 – The North East Handloom and Handicraft Fair 2008,
which got under way at NEDFi Haat on February 9 is having Manipur as the focus
State. The fair, which will continue till February 18, is showcasing the finest
handloom and handicraft products of the North East.
Recognising the fact that the master craftsmen are the creators of the beautiful
hand crafted products and that they keep the tradition moving, NEDFi invited
Padmashree Naorem Ongbi Nilamani Devi, a master craftsperson of repute, to
inaugurate the event.
The exhibition is not only showcasing the colourful and vibrant products of the
North East, but has also brought before the visitors craftsmen of Manipur who
are displaying their traditional skill. Dry flowers from Manipur, fine crafted
artefacts from Nagaland and handloom of Arunachal Pradesh are an additional
attraction at the fair.


to be developed as a tourist hub
UDALGURI, Feb 11 – The second ‘Bhairabkunda Festival-2008’ organised by
the Bhairabkunda Tourist Centre and sponsored by the Tourism Department of
Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) concluded here at Bhairabkunda Tourist Ground
near the tri-junction of Bhairabi, Jampani and Dhansiri rivers in Udalguri
district on February 9 last with open session and cultural shows of various
ethnic groups which included Bodo, Assamese, Adivasi, Mizo bamboo dance, etc.
The open session was inaugurated by Reo Rewa Narzari, Speaker of BTC Assembly.
In his inauguaral speech, Narzari lauded the initiative taken up by the
Bhairabkunda Tourist Centre to boost the tourism industry in Bhairabkunda and
said that the BTC would provide all possible help to make Bhairabkunda a
favourite tourist destination.

Expo to showcase handicraft
products in Mumbai
By A City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 18 – Giving wide exposure to the handicraft items of State,
‘Craft Bazar’ a national exhibition of handicrafts to be organised at the Assam
Bhawan Complex, Navi Mumbai will start from February 21.
Organised by the ARTFED in collaboration with Development Commissioner for
Handicrafts, the exhibition would provide a platform to the artisans coming from
different parts of the country to display their wide range of handicrafts
“The targeted business in the Craft Bazar, Mumbai, this time is Rs 51 lakhs,”
said an ARTFED official.
Holding handicrafts shows in the metropolitans is aimed towards helping
craftsperson to interact with the consumers and get a big market for direct sale
of artefacts produced by them.

Car rally in picturesque
GUWAHATI, Feb 22 – This Sunday, the picturesque valleys of Arunachal
Pradesh would witness the passionate sportsmanship clubbed with a message to
promote the Northeast as a major sporting destination.
The Arunachal Car Rally’08, organised by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh,
would rock the adventurous sports lovers from February 24 to 27, if the
organizers are to be believed. Organised by the district administration, West
Kameng district and Government of Arunachal Pradesh in association with the
Motor Sports Club of Arunachal, the rally is being sponsored by the mobile
service provider, Bharati Airtel.

Centre renominates Majuli
island for World heritage status(AST_6_2_K8)

From Our Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Feb 5 – After having lost its case in 2006, the Centre has again
nominated Majuli Island for inscription on the World Heritage Site List under
the ‘Cultural Landscape’. The official announcement today came even as Chief
Minister, Tarun Gogoi clarified that the Rs 20 crore sanctioned by the Planning
Commission here yesterday for the River Island, would not be spent on flood
control measures but for preservation of the heritage sites.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which acts as the nodal agency for
nomination of Indian sites on the World Heritage List, meanwhile, has prepared a
detailed document with the help of consultants and has submitted the additional
information for consideration of the World Heritage Committee at its next
meeting to be held at Quebec City, Canada in June 2008, officials sources said.

Call to exempt Bhairabkunda
fest from bandh
udalguri, Feb 5 – The reception committee of the second Bhairabkunda
Festival 2008 expressed grave concern at the kidnapping and killing of Babul
Swargiary, vice-president of All Bodo Peace Forum (ABPF) on February 1 last at
Medaghat in Barama district by some unidentified miscreants.
Condeming the attack, Robison Daimari, president of festival committee,
expressed concern over the incident and appealed to maintain peace and
tranquility in this critical hour. He also appealed to the ABPF to exempt the
programmes of the Bhairabkunda festival from the proposed 36-hour Assam Bandh
called by ABPF from February 6 to February 7 next.

Khadi exhibition concludes(AST_7_2_K8)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 6 – The Khadi and Gramodyog Exhibition at the Chandmari
AEI field concluded today, stated a press release.
Speaking as chief guest at the concluding function of the Khadi Gramodyog
exhibition, State Education Minister Ripun Bora said, “At a time when the State
is witnessing various advancements in the field of science and technology, it is
imperative that the rural areas are developed through strengthening the khadi
and smallscale sector.
He further said that the khadi sector should be modernised.
In the meeting presided over by chairman of the state Khadi Board Jai Kumar
Jain, Dr. JN Das, chief executive officer of State Khadi Board and JL Choudhury
from the Central Khadi Gramodyog Commission were presents as guests of honour.
Entrepreneurs earning highest sale of their respective commodities were
felicitated at the function.

NE Octave 2008
pulls huge crowd

From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Feb 19: Colourful Bodo traditional dances at the ongoing NE Octave,
2008, under way at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala received tremendous response
from the crowd. This was disclosed by Bodoland Cultural Centre (BCC), Ramfalbil,
president, Barlangfa Narzary. Altogether 20 members from the BCC demonstrated
Daosri Delai, Bagurumba and Nagurnai. Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan
inaugurated the NE Octave, where, 700 participants from the North-east took


Craft Bazar

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Under the sponsorship of Development Commissioner (Handi-
crafts), Ministry of Textiles, HADO Craft Bazar, a craft mela which would go on
till March 1 has begun from today at Tiddim ground.
The craft mela is being organised by the Help and Development Organisation (HADO).
Artisans from other North Eastern States like Assam, Nagaland, Tripura and
Sikkim are also participating in the craft mela where in all 50 stalls are
displaying various craft items.

Khadi mela

IMPHAL, Feb 21: The five-day long District Level Khadi and Village Industries
(REGP) Exhibition, 2008 which has been going on at Yangoi Ningthou Community
hall in Bishnupur District since February 17 concluded today.
The Khadi mela was organised by the Manipur Khadi and Industries Board, Imphal
under the sponsorship of Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Mumbai.

camp-cum-workshop on jute designs


From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 21: Paridhi, a society for rural economic development is conducting
a 15-day training camp-cum-workshop on jute designs at the Dekagaon Naamghar
here from Febrhuary 22. The NGO which purports to uplift the economic health of
the rural areas, has chosen representatives from 30 to 35 self-help-group of
Dhekorgorah for the training.
Post training the participants would be able to carve out a niche for themselves
at the national and international levels.
The superior designs and handicrafts made using modern technology would help a
number of poor women to get gainful employment.
The training would be imparted by Kalpana Bora with the assistance of Jiten
Borgohain and Manoj Gogoi. The workshop is being held under the aegis of the
Development Commissioner (handicraft) under the Central Ministry of Handloom and

Kaziranga Elephant fest
 BOKAKHAT, Feb 17 – The sixth Kaziranga Elephant Festival has been
postponed to April 18-20 due to the ongoing examinations, elephant census in the
KNP scheduled from February 20 to 26 as well as some other reasons.

Earlier, it was informally decided to organise the KEF from February 27 to 29 .
The decision to postpone the festival was taken at a public meeting held at the
convention centre, Kohora under the chairmanship of Golaghat Deputy Commissioner
DK Goswami where officers and representatives of different organisations were
Ranjit Hazarika, the SDO(C), Bokakhat who is also the general secretary of the
KEF, organising committee, informed that some more features will be added this
year in the festival to attract visitors.
He has also asked for write-ups for the KEF souvenir which may be addressed to
his office at Bokakhat or to Jayanta Das, lecturer in English, JDSG College,
Bokakhat or to Nizara Borthakur, Bokakhat.

aims to give fillip to traditional tribal art forms (IFP_16_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 15: A 10-day workshop on `Traditional Wood Carving and Totem Art
of the Tribes of Manipur` was inaugurated today by Dr. Kh Sorojini, director,
arts and culture, government of Manipur at the complex of Tribal Museum and
Research Centre, Imphal at 1 p.m. The workshop is being sponsored by the Indira
Gandhi Rastriya Manav Sangrahalaya in collaboration with the Tribal Museum and
Research Centre, Imphal.
The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manab Sangrahlaya (National Museum of Mankind), is
an autonomous organization of the ministry of culture, government of India, and
is dedicated to the depiction of the story of humankind evolving in time and
space. Under its outreach activities, the museum organizes field visits to
various remote places of the country for the collection of material as also
documentation of rich and diversified cultural heritage of India. It is with
this bold initiative that an attempt has been made to organise this workshop to
cater to a renewed interest among the tribal wood carvers of the state towards
the preservation and propagation of their languishing art forms.
The workshop has 20 participants from different tribes of the state and its
objective is to initiate a network of tribal craftpersons from the various parts
of the state with the purpose of motivating them towards the preservation and
propagation of their traditional arts and crafts.
Dr. Kh Sorojini who graced the inaugural function as chief guest said the Tribal
Museum and Research Centre, Imphal is a private museum set up in 1995, dedicated
to the study of life styles of the different ethnic tribes inhabiting Manipur,
with the focus on their material and cultural heritage.

Woman injured in political
clash in Tripura

AGARTALA, Feb 15: A woman was injured in a clash between Congress and CPI(M)
workers in Kailashahar in north Tripura when Congress workers tried to stop
disbursement of old age pension from a local bank yesterday. Police said a group
of Congress supporters, led by MLA and candidate of the area, Birajit Sinha,
assaulted one Anjan Roy, a CPI (M) supporter who was assisting widows to fill up
withdrawal forms.Congress men, also allegedly looted Rs 5000 from the victims.
Sinha had reportedly rushed there and protested against disbursement of the fund
and asked the bank manager to stop the process as the model code of the conduct
had come into force for the February 23 Assembly polls.

Cavers to converge in

SHILLONG: In a move to create awareness on the importance to preserve
and protect the caves in the State, the State Government in collaboration with
the Meghalaya Adventurers Association (MAA) will organise a two-days conference
on "Discovering Meghalaya – The Caving Experience (An international conference
on caving-2008)" in the city on February 22 and 23.The two-day conference is
also supported by Hotel Association of the State and Meghalaya Tourism
Development Forum (MTDF), MAA chairman Bryan D Kharpran Daly said on Thursday.
Cavers from Europe, tour operators from across the country as well as from
Bangladesh, Nepal and Thailand and the management of cement companies in the
State will attend the conference. "The moot point of the conference would be
safety and protection of the caves of Meghalaya for heritage importance,
intrinsic scientific value and economic benefit of the people through cave
tourism," Mr Daly said. …more..

distributed to handicraft artisans
GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – Assam Apex Weavers & Artisans Coop Federation Ltd,
popularly known as ARTFED in collaboration with Development Commissioner,
Handicraft, Government of India, Ministry of Textiles has ceremonially launched
the printing and issue of photo identity card to handicraft artisans under data
base management system on February 11 at the head office, ARTFED in presence of
NN Rana Patgiri, Managing Director, ARTFED and PC Boiragy, Handicraft Promotion
Officer, Office of the Development Commissioner for Handicraft (NER), Government
of India, Ministry of Textiles.
To promote and secure Assam handicraft artisans, ARTFED had distributed 1,10,000
photo identity cards to artisans and Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Bima Yojana (RGSSBY)
to 20,000 artisans, stated a press release.


to move state govt for handicrafts urban hub (IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 12: The Governor of Manipur, Dr. SS Sidhu has pledged to
pressurise the state government to set up a 150-stall urban hub for handicrafts
which would provide exposure and facilitate proper market access for the
handicraft products of Manipur.
The Governor made this statement while addressing a gathering during his visit
today to the ongoing Crafts Bazar 2008 being held at Thoubal.
The Crafts Bazar, organised by the Women`s Income Generation Centre, Thoubal,
entered its seventh day today. It will continue till February 15.
The Governor, in his address, also backed the setting up of a handicrafts museum
in the state.
He praised the WIGC, Thoubal, for the steps taken by it for eradication of
poverty and enhancement of human resources by providing the poor and needy in
particular with handicrafts training, as well as facilitating market exposure.

New tourism project(AST_2_2_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 1 – With a view to promote and develop adventure and
eco-tourism resources of Assam for attracting domestic and foreign tourists, the
Assam Tourism has taken up a new project, stated an official press release. A
preliminary discussion was held at the conference room of the Minister Tourism,
Dispur between the Minister of Tourism and Forests etc, Sri Rockybul Hussain,
Sri HS Das, IAS, principal secretary, Tourism Department and the representatives
of Xola Consulting Inc, a reputed consultancy organisation of USA Ms Christina
Heyniger, founder and Ms Lisa Alley, programme director, where, other officials
from Tourism Department were also present.
During the discussions the said consultancy firm of USA offered to evaluate
nature, eco-adventure, culture and heritage tourism resources in Assam, to
identify few potential …more...

‘Special Handloom Expo’

DIMAPUR: The fourteen-day long "Special Handloom Expo" organized at
Impur by the Women Department of Ao Baptist Churches Conference (ABAM) concluded
successfully. The closing function was graced by the presence of Dr Lima Jamir,
chairman of Nagaland Development Outreach (NDO) as the guest of honour. Speaking
at the occasion, the guest of honour expressed his satisfaction in the overall
arrangements of the Expo and said that though the Expo was organized in a place
away from the district headquarter, it could attract various groups from
different places of the state. While recalling the remarks of some of his
friends – "seeing Impur itself was worth visiting the Expo", Dr Lima also said
that the Expo was in many ways much better than others which were held in
populated towns in Nagaland. He however said "Nevertheless, we need to upgrade
in all preparations such as fine product in handloom materials, food
preparations and other home needs. When such things are updated, we can
participate in all the national and International level." He further encouraged
the Self Help Groups (SHG) to develop more from organic items.Dr Lima further
showed his interest stating that the NDO would like to work together with the
Women Department of ABAM in uplifting rural women SHGs under Mokokchung
district. …more..

Far from
the maddening work(TEL_2_2_K8)

carnival on Brahmaputra bank to help executives unwind (TEL_2_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 1: It’s time for
corporate honchos to take a break from the maddening pace of work and have a
blast on the banks of the Brahmaputra. Sun, sand, sports, snacks and sips have
been lined up for the work-strained executives at a sports carnival, christened
Blast on the Beach, to be held here on February 9 and 10.The entertainment has
been organised by D’Vantage, a management firm manned by state cricketers like
Bitop Mahanta, Bhaskarjyoti Barman and Anupam Bora.Taking a cue from the
Australian concept of beach cricket, the firm has organised an eight-a-side
cricket tournament on an isolated sandy arena of 55-yard radius. The pitch will
be wooden and covered with a mat. The bosses can also stretch their muscles with
football matches and indulge in fun and games with their spouses and kids.

“We have come across many
work-strained corporate honchos who have little time to relax and flex their
muscles on the sporting ground. All of them have expressed the desire to take a
day or two out of their hectic schedules for games and sports. They have often
asked us if something could be organised on these lines and this prompted us to
take this initiative. We promise it will be total fun and frolic for the
participants,” said Anupam Bora, one of the main organisers.



Sikkim and
Nepal join hands for tourism (SEN_4_2_k8)

GANGTOK, Feb 3: The stakeholders from the two
premier tourist destinations of the Himalayan belt – Pokhara in Nepal and Sikkim
– have inked a deal to promote tourism.
“The stakeholders must work shoulder to shoulder in evolving a regional tourism
concept for the Eastern Himalayan belt,” Travel Agents Association of Sikkim (TAAS)
treasurer Lukhendra Rasaily said at a Tour and Travels exchange programme here
The need was stressed in the wake of stiff competition from other mountainous
tourist spots across the world.
“This combined thrust will not only help in windfall of tourism but also ensure
that benefits percolate down to the masses,” Rasaily told to his counterparts
from Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA).
A 27-member team from the Pokhara chapter of NATTA is currently on two-day visit
to Sikkim to showcase the rich tourism products of the Nepal.
Rasaily also called upon both the stakeholders to promote Sikkim and Nepal in
their own channels like websites and brochures.
“TAAS should work on disseminating proper information about Nepal and must
divert its clients towards Nepal allaying the client’s image of a disrupted
nation,” he said.
On the current situation in Nepal, NATTA president Pashupati Sharma said the
country has never witnessed the peace as it is now, and tourism is being
restored back to its earlier glory.


Xamaroh ends


From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 3: Curtains fell on the second Asom Bhaona Xamaroh recently with a
colourful procession to the venue of the Bhaona in Majuli. The Xatradhikar of
Auniati Xatra, under whose aegis the xamaroh was organized, Dr Pitambar Deva
Goswami and other xatradhikars as well as different communities and tribes
participated in the procession in traditional gear. Dr Goswami expressed the
hope that the Bhaona would gain popularity in other parts of the state and carry
the message of harmony and unity as preached by the great neo-vaishnavite
religious preacher and philosopher Srimanta Shankardev in the 15th century.

Gangtok selected for
mega tourism projects(SEN_14_2_k8)

Gangtok, Feb 13: The Union Tourism Ministry has selected Gangtok
among 16 cities to be developed under the Ministry’s latest scheme of mega
tourism projects for destination and circuit development in the country.
Sikkim Tourism department officials said here today that the state capital was
given the distinction of being the only city in the Northeastern region owing to
its excellent performance in the tourism sector so far.

Better deal for

Feb. 13: If you are looking forward to a restful trip to
enjoy the lush surroundings of the Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary, chances are
you will be in for a better experience than you had bargained for.The forest
department has sanctioned Rs 35 lakh for construction of better facilities for
tourists in and around the wildlife sanctuary.The Kokrajhar wildlife division
will spend the amount mostly on developing amenities for tourists.Several NGOs
of the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) and Dhubri district
have long been demanding the development of this wildlife sanctuary, the abode
of the endangered golden langur.The core area of the golden langur habitat is
now almost inaccessible from Kokrajhar. Tourists can enter the forest only
through Dhubri district via Salkocha, some 20km from National Highway 31. The
divisional forest officer of the Kokrajhar wildlife division, Sonali Ghosh, said
several tourism-promotion schemes were under consideration. “The recently
sanctioned funds will be spent on creating comfortable places to stay in the
forest villages within the sanctuary.”

Fest to
promote adventure tourism(TEL_14_2_K8)

Feb 13: If you are interested in adventure tourism, the
three-day Dehing Patkai Festival is where you should be. Jungle treks and visits
to ethnic villages are the main attraction of the three-day festival, beginning
Friday at Lekhapani in Tinsukia district. “A visit to the Pangsau Pass through
the historic Stilwell Road will be the most exciting of them all. We will
provide special passes to visitors who wish to take a ride down the road,which
was built during the World War II. We want to establish this 61-km stretch as
one of the best places for trekking in the country,” said Jogesh Baruah, the
sub-divisional officer of Margherita sub-division, also the chairman of the
organising committee. The festival is the brainchild of state power and industry
minister Pradyut Bordoloi who is also the local MLA of Margherita constituency.
Bordoloi had been working relentlessly for the development of the region, which
had seen very little light of development since Independence. Altogether 22
ethnic groups and tribes had been involved in the construction of a model ethnic
village to showcase the theme “unity in diversity” to the visitors. Arunachal
Pradesh Speaker Setong Sena will be the chief guest at the inaugural programme
on Friday. “The whole of Patkai is a diverse and unique area. We have to work
together to bring in development using the vast resources of the area.
Therefore, we have decided to work in tandem with our neighbouring state.
Borders are no longer seen as barriers these days, but a gateway for
development,” Bordoloi, who is busy overseeing the work of the festivities,
said. …more..

potential of Tezpur highlighted
From Our Correspondent
 TEZPUR, Feb 14 – A daylong programme of National-level seminar was Darrang
College on February 8 under the aegis of the Department of Commerce, Darrang
College and sponsored by UGC.
Among those present in the inaugural session of the event were Dr Joysankar
Hazarika, principal of Darrang College, DC Sonitpur Kamal Goswami, Dr Lakhi
Goswami, president, governing body of Darrang College, Dr SC Patra, director,
NERIWALM, Padmashri Dr Sheela Borthakur and professor Mahendra Keot. Lighting
the lamp of the inaugural session of the programme Dr SC Patra director of
NERIWALM spoke about Tezpur which is a home of three architects of Assamese
cultural revolution-Kalaguru Bishnuprasad Rabha, Natasurya Phani Sarma and
Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala. He said that in natural beauty too Tezpur has a
distinction and therefore, such a place would be perfectly suited for tourism.
He pointed out that the entire north east is a paradise on earth but it remains
unexplored, undiscovered by the rest of the world. Patra felt that such seminars
should focus on how to showcase north east. He also urged the academic community
to engage themselves more in developmental activities rather than day to day
routine work. …more..

Rs 70 lakh for tourism devp in
KOKRAJHAR, Feb 14 – Rs 25 lakh for tourism development in Chakrashila
Wildlife Sanctuary and another Rs 45 lakh were also sanctioned for tourism
development in Gossaigaon subdivision in Kokrajhar district.
Rockibul Hussain, Forest and Enviroonment Minister disclosed this at a public
meeting held on 6th Bodoland Day.
He added that a separate scheme is also underway to develop Manas National Park
in BTC area for attracting tourism in a big way.

Island of the sun eyes swarm of

Feb. 14: A small island could become the next big thing
in Lower Assam’s growing list of tourist attractions.Overlooking the Dhubri
Circuit House and the Sri Guru Tegh Bhadur Sahib Gurdwara on the southern side
of Dhubri town, the island makes for a spectacular sight at sunset.Former deputy
commissioner Biswa Ranjan Samal was the first to spot the potential of the
island as a spot where tourists could spend a quiet, relaxing afternoon and
enjoy a view of the sun creating magical hues in the waters of the Brahmaputra
and gradually sinking into the horizon.A blueprint for development of
infrastructure on the island was drawn up in 1998, when Samal was in charge. His
successor Avinash Joshi followed up the plan on assuming office in 2004. Joshi
mobilised Rs 17 lakh from the MP’s Local Area Development Fund and began the
spadework. The focus was on anti-erosion measures in the first phase of
development. Barbed fences were erected around the island and some sheds built
for tourists. …more..

Food for
thought in Speaker’s message(TEL_16_2_k8)

Three-day Dehing Patkai Festival gets under way at Lekhapani Tinsukia


Feb. 15: The sixth edition of the three-day
Dehing Patkai Festival began at Lekhapani today with Arunachal Pradesh Speaker
Setong Sena’s message to all ethnic tribes providing food for thought. Sena
asked the ethnic tribes that inhabit the Northeast to be united and preserve
their “uniqueness” instead of bickering over petty issues. “Your cultures,
languages, rituals and food habits are your USP,” he said. Tinsukia deputy
commissioner K.K. Dwivedi nodded in approval. The Patkai belt extends from the
eastern part of Margherita subdivision to Lohit, Changlang and Tirap districts
of Arunachal Pradesh.  This stretch is home to an assortment of ethnic groups
like the Singphos, Tangsas, Tai-Phakes, Khamtis, Semas, Nocktes, Misings,
Kacharis, Khamiangs, Deoris, Morans, Tai Ahoms, Sonowal Kacharis, Hajongs and
Nepalis. “The chief guest (Sena) made a very strong statement and we need to
ponder where we stand. I hope our younger generation will pick up from where the
Speaker left off,” Manje La Singpho, a local community leader, said.

Training camp-cum-workshop on jute designs


From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 21: Paridhi, a society for rural economic development is conducting
a 15-day training camp-cum-workshop on jute designs at the Dekagaon Naamghar
here from Febrhuary 22.
The NGO which purports to uplift the economic health of the rural areas, has
chosen representatives from 30 to 35 self-help-group of Dhekorgorah for the
Post training the participants would be able to carve out a niche for themselves
at the national and international levels.

Handicraft expo

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Action for Social Justice Organisation,
Porompat PDA Complex will organise a 10 day long ‘Exhibition cum Sales of
Handicraft Products’ from February 25 on the western side of National Highway 39
near MBC Church. …more..

Puthiba Crafts Bazar closed

 IMPHAL, Feb 24: Government is studying to market more
craft products of the State to foreign countries. Despite having various
achievements, State craft products are not that popular in foreign markets due
to limited designs and frail quality, said Commerce and Industries Principal
Secretary P C Lawmkunga at the closing function of the Puthiba Crafts Bazar at
Hapta Kangjeibung today. Government representatives are sending to countries
like Japan and Germany to explore new markets, he added.
The Principal Secretary graced the function as chief guest with Imphal East
Deputy Commissioner Y Thamkeshore presiding over and Development Commissioner
(Handicrafts) Assistant Director A Sahadev as guest of honour.
Echoing the same view with Lawmkunga, Thamkeshore mentioned the need of value
addition and innovative designs while appealing the crafts persons to produce
crafts with more utility value.

2nd Bhairabkunda
festival held
 ROWTA CHARIALI, Feb 25: The second Bhairabkunda Festival 2008
organized by the Bhairabkunda Tourist centre and sponsored by the Tourism
Department of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) was held at Bhairabkunda
Tourist Ground at the confluence of Bhairabi, Jampani and Dhansiri rivers in
Udalguri recently.
Khampa Borgoyar, deputy chief of BTC assured to develop Bhairabkunda as one of
the important tourist spots in the Bodoland region. He explained about the
development of various schemes led by Hagrama Mohilary, BTC chief. He also
observed that Bhairabkunda with its splendid beauty had potential to be framed
as a beautiful tourist centre of the region compared with the natural beauty of
Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai , sources added. In the open session the Souvenir
“Bhairabkunda” edited by Protul Kumar Bhobora was released by retired DI of
school Reo Rewa Narzary. Speaker of BTC Assembly Rihon Daimary, PHE Minister of
Asom chaired the meeting. Mitharam Basumatary, EM of BTC Purna Kanta Daimary,
Deputy speaker of BTC assembly, Mahaswar Boro, MLA Kalaigaon attended among
others besides EM and GM of BTC in the open session.

10-day national
handicrafts mela from March 14
JORHAT, Feb 25: Artisans making top-of-the-line handicrafts in rural
areas of Asom, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi will
exhibit and sell their wares at the 10-day craft bazaar which will get under way
at the Jorhat District Sports Association playground here from March 14. Jorhat-based
voluntary organization Intandem is organizing the handicrafts mela under the
aegis of the New Delhi-based Office of the Development Commissioner,
Handicrafts, which operates under the Union Ministry of Textiles.
In a press release, Intandem said that the handicrafts expo would seek to
provide inspiration to the local micro-level entrepreneurs on the one hand and
create conducive conditions for a competitive market for them on the other.
There will be ample opportunities for the entrepreneurs to build market
linkages, the release added.

Heritage exhibition kicks off
IMPHAL, Feb 25: Sharadha Foundation under the aegis of Development
Commissioner (Handicrafts) opened 10-day Heritage Exhibition at Wangkhei Puja
Lampak today.
Imphal East DIC general manager S Thoiba, Developemt Commissioner assistant
director A Sahadev, Khandi and Industries Board chairman Kh Borkeshor and
designer Sukumar Haobam graced the function as chief guest, president and guest
of honours respectively.

IMPHAL, Feb 25: A State level khadi and village industries exhibition
being organised by the Manipur Khadi and Village Industries Board was opened
today at GM Hall here.
The inaugural function was attended by FCS Minister Y Erabot as chief guest,
senior journalist K Madhumangol as president and Director of Commerce and
Industries Dhiraj Yumnam as guest of honour.

 Review of
NE tourism restrictions(AST_27_2_k8)
NEW DELHI, Feb 26 – Flooded with pleas for relaxation of the
Protected Area Permit (PAP) and Restricted Area Permit (RAP), the Centre has
agreed for a comprehensive review from the tourism and security perspectives.
Union minister of State for Home Affairs Radhika Selvi said that a comprehensive
review of the RAP and PAP regime to relax the restriction imposed to visit some
locations in North-east from tourism perspective has been undertaken.
Specific proposal have been received and are being invited from the concerned
State Governments. The proposals are being duly examined from security
perspectives with the concerned State Government, she said.

Tourism MoU(AST_27_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 26 — State Tourism Department and the US-based Xola
Incorporation today signed an MoU for promotion of adventure tourism in the
State. Official sources here said that the US Company will project the tourism
potential, particularly adventure tourism potential of the State in the
international circuit. The US Company will also bring in foreign tourists to the
State in association with the State Tourism Department, said the MoU.

Workshop on traditional
wood carving in Manipur
IMPHAL, Feb 26: A ten-day workshop to promote traditional wood carving
and Totem art of Manipuri tribes was organized here recently. Hosted by the
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sanghralaya (national museum) of Bhopal in
cooperation with the Tribal Museum and Research Centre of Imphal, the workshop
offered a platform for traditional artistes.
Twenty artists from five tribes -Marams, Paomei, Kom, Tangkhul and Mao
-showcased their work at the workshop.
The workshop’s objective was to bring together Manipuri tribal craftsmen and
motivate them to continue to preserve their traditional art and craft forms.
“The wood carving tradition of the tribal society and other indigenous groups
reflects their socio-cultural and economic aspects. Their tradition is
languishing day-by-day. To conserve and propagate their rich culture and
tradition we organized this workshop,” said N Sakmacha, the Assistant Curator of
the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya of Bhopal.
Manipur has over 33 Scheduled Tribes, and each of them has a distinct way of
life. The tribes collectively present a richly variegated cultural mosaic.
Appreciating the initiative, Kaikho P Fokerlo, a Mao tribe artisan, said: “It
felt very good. It has brought in passion for the work. We do not have money and
we are very poor. We cannot buy the material and other stuff for wood carving.
They think that we can carry out the work like that, but it is not possible.
This Indira Gandhi workshop has certainly provided great platform to us and we
will support it.”
An interesting feature of tribal art is that traditional wood carvings can adorn
different parts of the house, gates and totem poles.
Wood carvings are symbolic of certain practices, such as honouring brave
warriors and persons of status in their tribal society. Wood carvings are
frequently seen in traditional houses in the Mao-Maram-Purul area of Manipur.
Human head motifs carved on the village chief’s house at Purul are round in
shape, whereas the human head seen at Oinam Village are relatively smaller and
shorter by two times the actual size of a human head.

Panthoibi shame

Govt pleads helplessness(SEX_27_2_k8)

 IMPHAL, Feb 26 : Commerce and Industries Minister Y Erabot has admitted
that the Panthoibi Emporium at New Delhi which is being run under the Manipur
Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation has not been able to provide
goods sought after by the people coming from other places.
In response to a call attention motion moved by MLA Dr Ng Bijoy who demanded to
know why products from other States are being kept in the Panthoibi Emporium
instead of from Manipur during the Assembly session today, the Commerce and
Industries Minister said that the three counters of the emporium set up in 1976
have been rented out to private entrepreneurs as it is being done in case of the
emporiums of other States and a total of Rs 60,000 received as rent are being
utilised for paying the salaries of the staff and the maintenance of the
The products sold and displayed in the three rented out counters would to be
their choice and nothing can be done in this regard, the Minister said.
While asserting that a wide range of products from Manipur are being kept in the
Emporium, the Minister, nonetheless, admitted that the products wanted by the
people coming from other parts are not available there.
To encourage cultivation of Kauna, the State Government has been extending
assistance, he added.
While informing the House that a plot of land measuring 15 acres has been kept
reserved at Jiribam to ensure unlimited supply of products made from bamboo, the
Minister said as earmarking of fund for renovation of the emporium in the budget
could not be worked out, efforts are being made to seek the assistance of the
Centre. …more..

LTC relaxation will boost NE
tourism: Aiyar(AST_28_2_k8)

From Our Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Feb 27 – Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER),
Mani Shankar Aiyar has asserted that relaxation of LTC rules by Government of
India would lead to surge of tourists to the north eastern region (NER). Since
2007, the Central Government has permitted its employees the use of private
airlines, many of which offer low fares, while availing of LTC, with the proviso
that reimbursement would be restricted to the entitled class by the train. “This
relaxation in rules is expected to increase the number of LTC travellers to the
Region,” he said.
The Minister, who had organised a daylong national conclave on January 16 on
promoting the North-east as a tourist destination to LTC travellers said around
39.57 lakh domestic and 47,695 foreign tourists visited the region in 2006.
Meanwhile, the proposed Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Facility Projects
is estimated to cost Rs 545 crore, said External Affairs Minister, Pranab
Mukherjee in a separate reply.

Draft of tourism policy to
GUWAHATI, Feb 27: Asom Tourism Minister Rockybul Hussain today submitted
the draft of the New Tourism Policy of the State to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
With its thrust on eco-tourism and cultural tourism, the policy that was drafted
by former Tourism Secretary to the Union Government MP Bezboruah has proposed
the setting up of a tourism development board in the State. The draft policy has
also laid its stress on private participation in the tourism sector.

State all
set to have Tourism Policy(AST_29_2_k8)
By R Dutta Choudhury
 GUWAHATI, Feb 28 – With abundance of potential to attract tourists, both
domestic and foreign, Assam Government has finally decided to accord high
priority to tourism sector and for the first time, the State is going to have a
Tourism Policy for ensuring proper planning and infrastructure development. The
State Government entrusted the job of preparing the draft Tourism Policy to
former Secretary, Tourism, of the Government of India, MP Bezbaruah and he
submitted the draft policy to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday. The draft
policy is likely to be placed in the State Assembly during the ensuing Budget
Session to give final shape to the Tourism Policy of Assam.

 Craft Bazar in
By A City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 28 – Buoyed with the response in a national level exhibition in
New Delhi, the ARTFED is going to organise ten-day long Craft Bazar in
Chandigarh in collaboration with the Development Commissioner for Handicrafts,
Ministry of Textile from March 5 to 14.
A wide range of handicraft products would be displayed and sold in the
exhibition to be held at the Bal Bhavan ground, sector 23 B, Chandigarh.

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